Hotel Review: Amari Vogue, Krabi, Thailand
In October Sarah and I were on a mini-adventure on the exquisite beaches and fun islands of southern Thailand. We had just returned from a harrowing boat ride from Koh Phi Phi Don Island and wanted to find a place for some quality luxury time and relaxation in a beautiful setting before we returned to Chiang Mai. At the beginning of the trip we stayed in some really great places, in the middle of the trip we stayed in some places that were, let’s just say, much more rustic, and we wanted to end our celebration in more elegant surroundings. We were very excited when the Amari Vogue Resort, just outside of Krabi, offered to host us at the end of our spree.
The Amari Vogue Resort is located on tranquil Tub Kaek Beach , a long stretch of white sand, only about 20 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Krabi town. The beach at the hotel overlooks the tranquil clear waters of the Andaman Sea and some tiny islands just off shore. You might recognize Tub Kaek from the beautiful beach wedding scenes in the movie “Hangover 2” and the western facing location of the beach affords some spectacular sunsets. Even during the middle of the day we could walk along the beach and have it practically to ourselves. In addition the Amari is adjacent to a national park where, if you are feeling adventurous, you can hike a few miles into the jungle and up a 1,000 foot mountain for even more spectacular views. It really was bliss.
All of the 57 rooms at the resort are outfitted in the northern Thai Lanna style in a tropical garden style setting. Our room felt huge with a large balcony overlooking the three tiered swimming pool and further onto the sea. There was a big tub and a separate shower in the bathroom with fluffy towels and all of the quality toiletries you could imagine. There was a small sitting area in the room and the hardwoods gave the place a tropically elegant feel. There was a television (which again, we didn’t turn on) desk in a working area (which I didn’t use either) and free Wi-Fi. The king size bed had a great mattress, plenty of pillows and great quality sheets.
The centerpiece of the Amari is the exquisite swimming pool with elephant fountains spouting streams of water into the refreshing water. There are two nice restaurants Bellini, a fine Italian restaurant overlooking the beach and Lotus a Thai restaurant that is surrounded by koi ponds filled with hundreds of beautiful multi-colored fish, where they also serve a very nice breakfast buffet. They even provide fish food so you can feed the koi. There is a spa and a fitness center, Jacuzzs, a poolside bar and kayaks you can rent to explore the nearby islands. In addition to all of that there is the Sunset Bar where you can enjoy a great Happy Hour and toast some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.
Upon arrival we were greeted in the huge but elegant lobby by the manager who seems to take a proud and personal interest in seeing that each guest knows what is on offer at the resort. After that we were shown to our room where a friendly bellman that gave us a quick rundown of the amenities available. Later we had some questions about the area and found a helpful staff that obviously enjoyed talking about the area and sharing their knowledge. The wait staff, the groundskeepers, the maintenance people and everyone was friendly and quick to offer a smile or a quick wai. The staff in the lobby even arranged to have a motorcycle brought to us so we could go out and explore some of the even more remote and incredibly beautiful areas around Krabi.
The Amari Vogue Resort looks and feels like a casual, yet stylish, jungle oasis. The palm trees and other greenery by the pool give a feeling of seclusion and the Lanna Style architecture make the resort seem somehow timeless. The birds in the trees and the sound of the ocean in the distance create a soundtrack that makes it where you can’t help but slowdown and relax. Of course there is the quiet beach with the luxury of white soft sand between your toes and views of exotic islands seemingly almost a stone throw away. It feels like a place where you would enjoy getting lost and forget about the rest of the world.